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OSP Receives Overtime Enforcement Grant from ODOT for Highway 140 Lake of the Woods Safety Corridor
Lieutenant Steve Nork
Sergeant Robert Fenner
Oregon State Police - Klamath Falls
Office: (541) 883-5713
Anne Holder, Program Manager
ODOT Safety Division Statewide Roadway Safety
Office: (503) 986-4195

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The Highway 140 Lake of the Woods Safety Corridor, one of four safety corridors around the State selected by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to receive grant funds for extra enforcement, will see increased and dedicated Oregon State Police (OSP) enforcement again this year in the area.
The Oregon State Police have again been awarded grant funds, providing approximately 305 overtime hours during 2008 for extra enforcement in the following four safety corridors:
  • Highway 140 Lake of the Woods
  • Highway 99E Woodburn to Salem
  • Highway 730 Irrigon to Umatilla
  • Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) south of Grants Pass to milepost 8
"There are currently 12 state highway safety corridors in Oregon," said Anne Holder, ODOT Safety Division Statewide Roadway Safety Program Manager. "Safety corridors are segments of state highways with a fatal and serious injury crash rate at or above 110 percent of the statewide average for the same roadway classification and function."
In 2005 ODOT designated this area of Highway 140 between Klamath Falls and Medford as a Safety Corridor, and during the last two years OSP has dedicated over 600 hours of overtime enforcement in the eighteen-mile stretch. The increased enforcement efforts are appreciated by area residents, according to Sergeant Robert Fenner, an OSP Patrol Services Division supervisor at the Klamath Falls office.
"Many local citizens continue to appreciate OSP's extra enforcement and ODOT's commitment to increase safety along this highway following the Safety Corridor designation," said Fenner.
Traffic Safety Corridors are designated through a cooperative effort of concerned local citizens, legislators, state and local police, local public works agencies, emergency medical service representatives, stakeholders and ODOT representatives. Signs are placed on both ends of these safety corridors to inform travelers that they are entering these areas where traffic fines double where posted with double fine signs.
"Slow down, pay extra attention, and stay focused on the driving task at hand while driving on any highway," Holder said.